Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
Few know that “Amazing Grace,” the single most well-known hymn of all time, was penned by a former slave-trader, John Newton. Newton had grown up in church, but walked away from Christianity as a young man. During that time, he became a captain of a slave-trading ship and was ultimately responsible for the enslavement, mistreatment, and even murder of hundreds of Africans.
And yet, one day, God got hold of Newton. Newton realized the profound error of his ways, and returned, once again, to faith in Jesus Christ. As a Christian, he gave up the slave trade and committed His life to God, penning the timeless “Amazing Grace” and becoming a tireless abolitionist.
Newton’s life tells a remarkable story.
There is no one – no one –
who is beyond the reach of God’s amazing grace.
There is nothing you have done, you are doing, or that you will do that can separate you from the love of Christ, if you turn to Him as Newton did.
This is the simple truth that we teach every day here at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge – that God loves you and that He sent His only begotten Son to die for your wrongdoings, even those as egregious as John Newton’s.
If you are tired of running – tired of doing your own thing – consider the remarkable, life-changing invitation of Christ:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
– Matthew 11:28
And we welcome you to Calvary, where you can discover amazing grace for yourself.